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Rrod Error Can u Help me fix the rrod?i have repaired it when i took it home it only runs once since then its showing three red lights nothing please..

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198x is correct in the fact that if your XBox was purchased less than 3 years old AND you have the receipt, you should send it in to M$ for repair. However, they just put it back to the way it was, which is flawed so you should expect to have it happen again.

The issue is that the CPU, GPU and their HEAT SINKS get so hot, that the motherboard warps/flexes. Due to the high heat levels, the solder for the CPU/GPU becomes soft and when the motherboard warps, the contacts for them become disengaged. The CPU/GPU heat sinks are held in place with a X bracket that is held in place by tension. So when the boards warp, the CPU/GPU's are allowed to flex and pop up.

What the towel process did was heat up the solder again and HOPEFULLY the CPU/GPU would become reseated but often times did not. This method also poses a high risk of your CPU over heating and if this occurs, you are pretty much done.

What I have done to two of my xbox's AND for two friends and has worked is fix it myself.

I first ordered a kit from THIS SITE and used the tools and hardware to repair my first console. Then when I saw how easy it was, I went to my local hardware shop and got the equivilent washer and bolts and for about $5.50 I fixed my second system. Then I fixed additional systems for about the same cost each.

This kit will remove the posts on the heat sinks and will be replaced with bolts. The bolts, accompanied by the proper size and sequence of metal and plastic washers will fix the heat sinks firmly to the motherboad and will not flex with the motherboard when it gets hot.

The original kit comes with a custom cut tool that makes opening the console easier than it would be without. It also came with some CPU cleaner and paste but you can pick up good quality stuff at a PC Reapir shop.

I have used up the cpu paste it came with but I got more for a few bucks.

The site offers step by step instructions on their site and are very easy to follow. You will be required to increase the size several holes in the aluminum console case so you will need the right size drill bit. I used a dremel to increase the size and then to sand down the burrs.

All in all a very simple fix and the more you do, the quicker they get.

Good Luck.

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Sorry to say it but there is no real solution to fixing the RRoD, if Microsoft knew this then it wouldn't really be a problem for any 360.

The common overheating towel trick or cooling trick does not permenantly fix the solution, it only prolongs the amount of time before it finally packs up.

The only way to truly fix the RRoD is to send your console back to Microsoft for them to replace whatever has overheated in the first place.

If your console is under 3 years old then it is still in warranty as Microsoft have extended the warranty from 1 year to 3 years to anyone who has the RRoD error. If it's older than 3 years then I'm afraid you'll either have to pay for repairs or possibly new console.

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